The San Antonio, Texas, wedding singer, 24, who has relied heavily on her good looks, long, shapely legs and a decreasing amount of clothing to attract voters, had been harshly critiqued by the judges the past few weeks. After her performance of "Turn the Beat Around," for which she wore hot pants and a transparent zebra-print blouse over a bustier, judge Simon Cowell told her, "I think you have a very good tactic at the moment, Haley: Wear the least amount of clothes as possible. ... I’ll be honest with you, you can't do well in this competition based on your voice, because there are much better singers."
The contestants were mentored by Jennifer Lopez for the Latin-themed week. Wearing a flowing, kimono-like dress with leggings and knee boots, Lopez performed "Qué Hiciste" from her current release "Como Ama Una Mujer."
Akon, who seemed more a part of the chorus when he accompanied mentor Gwen Stefani on "Sweet Escape" a couple of weeks ago, also performed last night, singing "Don’t Matter."
The show included a pitch for the charity special "Idol Gives Back," during which host Ryan Seacrest announced that Celine Dion had been added to the roster of celebrities who would appear.
Next week singer Martina McBride mentors the remaining seven finalists for a country music-themed performance show.
More in the morning ...
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